Law Professor Friedman quoted in PBJ article on Oracle v. Oregon dispute

by Raymond Penney,

  • Professor David Friedman
    Willamette Associate Professor of Law David Friedman at Willamette University College of Law.

Commercial law expert and Willamette University Associate Professor of Law David A. Friedman was quoted in a Portland Business Journal (PBJ) article discussing the ongoing political ramifications of the Oracle v. Oregon legal battle.

PBJ reported on the aftermath of two conflicting partisan reports coming out of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. The majority report accused state officials of misusing $305 million of federal grant funds and making decisions based on politics. While, the minority report found that Oracle, the state's main IT contractor, was "primarily and directly responsible” and that “the software giant misled the state.”

In the article, Professor Friedman said, "I highly doubt it will have any direct influence on, really, anything."

Friedman noted that the partisan nature of the two reports destroy their credibility, saying, “I don't think Oracle can wave the majority report in the air and say, 'See, look!',” while also stating "I don't think the state can wave the minority report in the air."

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About David A. Friedman

David A. Friedman is an associate professor of law at Willamette University College of Law, where he teaches commercial law, business law, torts, and consumer trade practices law and his scholarship focuses on behavioral economics, contract theory, advertising law, and public health. Friedman received the Jerry E. Hudson Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2012. His publications have appeared in leading law journals and large-circulation public media.

About Willamette University College of Law

Opened in 1883, Willamette University College of Law is the first law school in the Pacific Northwest. The college has a long tradition at the forefront of legal education and is committed to the advancement of knowledge through excellent teaching, scholarship, mentoring and experience. Leading faculty, thriving externship and clinical law programs, ample practical skills courses, and a proactive career placement office prepare Willamette law students for today's legal job market. According to statistics compiled by the American Bar Association, Willamette ranks first in the Pacific Northwest for job placement for full-time, long-term, JD-preferred/JD-required jobs for the class of 2014 and first in Oregon for the classes of 2012, 2013 and 2014. Located across the street from the state capitol complex and the Oregon Supreme Court in downtown Salem, the college specializes in law and government, law and business, and dispute resolution. 

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